CAA has signed three senior-level TV writer-producers. Eric Overmyer is the co-creator/executive producer of HBO’s Treme. Before collaborating with David Simon on the New Orleans-based series, Overmyer worked with Simon as a producer and writer on The Wire. Overmyer, who comes from UTA, also has worked on the three Law & Order series and Homicide: Life On The Street.
Also joining CAA from UTA is Scott Rosenbaum whose resume includes stints as executive producer on V and Chuck and co-executive producer on The Shield for five seasons. Clifton Campbell is the creator and executive producer of A&E’s The Glades and was previously a co-executive producer on USA’s White Collar. He was repped by ICM.
Rob Morrow has signed with UTA. The former Numbers and Northern Exposure star had been without an agent for a while and was previously with WME. Morrow, who most recently starred on the short-lived ABC legal drama The Whole Truth and has been recurring on HBO’s Entourage, continues to be managed by Judy Hofflund.
Additionally, UTA recently signed The Mentalist co-star Amanda Righetti. The actress, recently seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, was at Paradigm. She is managed by Mosaic.
CAA has hired A&E VP Development Scott Lonker to be an agent in the NY alternative TV department. Here’s what’s interesting: Lonker used to be a William Morris agent. And good friends with Jon Rosen, who runs East Coast TV for WME, where he’s a board member. Word is that CAA “overpaid” to snag the well-liked Lonker. “That is the common theme there,” my insider says.
Eli Frankel, the former SVP of Magical Elves, which produces all those unscripted shows like Top Chef, has fired CAA and hired WME. Frankel is currently under an overall deal at Lionsgate TV (also a WME client).
His Dexter arc was a tour de force, though to many he’s still that wild and crazy alien from Third Rock From The Sun. John Lithgow has signed with WME in all areas from CAA. He’s won several Emmys, been nominated for two Oscars, and won two Tonys. And he is the writer of several books of poetry, children’s literature, and has a memoir coming out this fall. He travels the country doing lectures and his one-man show. He also has released two albums of songs he’s written and performed, and he has an extensive voice-over career.
CAA has added several experienced TV writer-producers to its roster. The recent signings include:
Dexter executive producer/showrunner Scott Buck, previously co-executive producer on HBO’s Rome and Six Feet Under. He was with WME.
Emmy-winning former Frasier executive producer/co-showrunner Joe Keenan, most recently executive producer/consulting producer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives for the past four years. He was with UTA.
Cynthia Cidre, writer/executive producer of TNT’s Dallas reboot, which is shooting a pilot. She previously created and executive produced the CBS series Cane. Cidre was with UTA. She was managed by Ann Blanchard who recently joined CAA.
Desperate Housewives co-executive producer Dave Flebotte, previously executive producer on NBC’s Will & Grace. He was with UTA.
Former New York-based playwright Tim Lea, most recently co-executive producer on Fox’s Lie to Me. He was with ICM.
On the producer-director side, CAA’s new clients are:
Documentary filmmaker and TV producer RJ Cutler, currently executive producer on the HBO pilot Spring/Fall starring Tea Leoni. He was with WME and also managed by Blanchard.
Emmy-nominated director Ian Toynton (24), currently executive producer on Fox’s Bones. He was with Paradigm.